National Grid has today joined Mission Innovation 2.0 (MI2.0), a global initiative working to accelerate clean energy innovation.
Alongside governments and businesses across the world, National Grid believes that sustained investment coupled with business leadership can make clean energy widely affordable. This is why National Grid is joining forces with MI2.0 to bring new ideas into the mainstream.
MI was announced at COP21 on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change. Today, MI2.0 has launched The Green Powered Future Mission, with the aim to demonstrate that by 2030 power systems in different geographies and climates, are able to effectively integrate up to 100% variable renewable energies, like wind and solar, in their generation mix and maintain a cost-efficient, secure and resilient system.
MI2.0 is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), including the UK.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (UK), says: “The UK is proud be at the forefront of international innovation efforts to develop greener and smarter grids. We believe that data and digitalisation are crucial enablers for the integration of variable renewables and we are committed to collaborate with countries and businesses to bring forward smart, cost-effective solutions to achieve our net-zero goals.”
Craig Dyke, Head of International Decarbonisation at National Grid, says: “We are living in a transformation era that is going to see how we power our lives completely evolve over the next 30 years. With our net zero goals, we have to be innovative and find solutions in order to create a zero-carbon power system. This commitment is driving everything we do. In a year when we have COP26, the focus is even more so on the engineering, the innovation and the smart ideas that can shape the future of energy.”
In the Responsible Business Charter, National Grid has already made a number of commitments to create a zero-carbon power system, including:
• Achieve net zero by 2050. We will reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2030, 90% by 2040, and to net zero by 2050 from a 1990 baseline
• Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions for the electricity and gas we sell to our customers (making up 80% of our Scope 3 emissions) by 20% by 2030 from a 2016 baseline
• Reduce SF6 emissions from our operations 50% by 2030, from a 2019 baseline
Anna Carolina Tortora, Head of Innovation at National Grid ESO, will participate at the Innovating to Net Zero Summit on 2 June 2021, to launch the Green Powered Future initiative and discuss how innovation in data and digitalisation is key to addressing challenges to reduce carbon emissions.
Source: National Grid